Both Weston Ranch and Hercules High got off to a quick start in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree. Hercules couldn’t keep pace, faltering behind a four-point second period in a 60-49 Cougars win Wednesday in Brentwood.
Weston Ranch opened the game with a 20 point first period and closed Hercules out with a 20 point fourth. The Cougars got strong inside play from Leticia Infante and senior Jazmin Strane. Infante led all scorers with 23 and Strane followed her with 16.
Point guard Aljanea Brown dished out six assists and also swiped five steals. Jakia Richmond added eight points in the win.
The Cougars (8-2) will continue tournament action at 8:30 p.m. with a second-round contest against the Pitman-San Ramon Valley winner.
Heritage 44, Ripon 25
The Indians were able to hang tough through the first two periods of play, but a dismal performance in the second half left Ripon on the short end of a 19-point blowout.
The Indians trailed 20-17 at the half, but proved incapable of getting anything going over the final 16 minutes.
“They were a very big team,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “Size was definitely a factor. We were in the game early, but we just didn’t score in the third and fourth.
“I really wished we could have finished the game better.”
Ruth Waters paced the club in a very physical game with 10 points, Abby Waters chipped in six and Tia Sidtikun had four.
Ripon is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff with Corcoran.
Ripon Christian Tournament
Ripon Christian 48, Hilmar 33
The Knights pulled out a hard-fought victory, earning a berth into the championship game against the Hughson Huskies who beat the Oakdale Mustangs.
Ripon Christian blew open a one-point game at the half, outscoring Hughson by ten points in the third quarter. Mikaela Alger was the Knights’ dominant force, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds for the double-double.
“We played really good defense as a team in the second half,” Ripon Christian head coach Ed Mulder said. “That was the difference in the game.”
The Knights will try and close out their tournament with a championship when they tip-off the title game against Hughson at 7:30 p.m.
Morgan Alger finished in double figures with 10 points and point guard Teagan Manus dished out six assists.